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11/9/15 – 6:42 A.M.

28 Carey village employees will get pay raises this year. The Courier reports the move will cost more than $70,000. It’s the first year Mayor Steve Smalley has been able to give merit-based raises, rather than across-the-board raises. You can see a breakdown of the pay increases on our website.

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11/9/15 – 6:35 A.M.

Area renters pay higher than the statewide average for renters insurance. The Review-Times reports that’s according to a new survey from ValuePenquin.com. The website studied average insurance quotes from five major carriers across 132 cities and towns in the state.

The average price for renters insurance in Findlay is $322 a year. In Fostoria the average price is $324. The statewide average is $318.

The cheapest renters insurance rates were typically found in smaller towns further away from major metropolitan areas.

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11/9/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Gas prices have tumbled over the past week. Ohio gas prices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying $2.19 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down 20 cents from last week, and down 38 cents from a month ago. Findlay’s prices are in line with the statewide average, which is also $2.19 a gallon.

Ottawa drivers are paying slightly less today, at $2.17 a gallon for regular. That’s a 12 cent slide over the last week.

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11/9/15 – 5:19 A.M.

Pandora is still looking for a new village administrator. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council recently met about the issue in executive session, but did not name a replacement for Stan Schneck. Schneck passed away in July.

A motion was made to readvertise for the position, but it did not receive a second. As a result interim administrator Rick Morrison will continue in the role.

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11/9/15 – 5:13 A.M.

It’s another week of road construction in Findlay. Four closures are expected this week. The most noticeable will be the eastbound lane of Fostoria Avenue. It remains closed for the installation of a storm sewer line. The westbound lane is open.

Cory Street will be closed during work hours between West Main Cross and Front streets. Elsewhere, Cliffton Avenue will be closed today between Main and Morey. Elyria and Blaine Streets will be closed between Lima and Bliss avenues.

You’re asked to avoid the areas if possible.

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11/9/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A Putnam County man drowned in his pond late last week. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened Friday at 3545 Road 23. The body of 88-year-old Richard Clevens of rural Continental was found in the water around 1:30 p.m.

The death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

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11/6/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The United Way of Fostoria is getting close to reaching its fundraising goal for 2015. The Review-Times reports pledges are about three-quarters of the way to the $185,000 mark. More than $138,000 has been pledged so far. That amounts to 75 percent of the goal.

United Way Chair Mike Foss tells the newspaper he’s happy with the results so far. Last year at this time the organization had reached 71 percent of the fundraising goal.

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11/6/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Hancock County’s recycling center is operating in the red, and there’s not a clear fix. The Courier reports officials from Litter Landing talked about their budget with the Hancock County Commissioners Thursday. The problem is that commodity prices for items recycled are falling, while employee costs are up.

The center is only expected to sell $260,000 worth of material next year, but operating expenses will be around $500,000. To offset the losses, employee cutbacks are likely. The facility may also have to be closed on Sundays.

No official decisions on hours have been made yet.

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11/6/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Budget hearings began this week in Hancock County. On Thursday, the commissioners heard from Sheriff Mike Heldman about the needs of the county jail. The Courier reports Heldman told the commissioners he needs more jailers, as well as dispatchers and a detective.

When it comes to the jail, Heldman says he needs more personnel because of the growing heroin problem. Roughly 80 to 85 percent of the inmates brought in have strict supervision requirements because they are in withdraw from drugs and alcohol.

There’s also the issue of the number of inmates. The jail has 98 beds, but the average daily population is 101. The count was as high as 122 in July. Jail administrator Ryan Kidwell says the increasing demand on staff is leading to burnout and increased sick time.

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